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Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, 4C20.80


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Discuss the phase change and crystallization when cooling down liquid ice cream mixture into tasty ice cream with liquid Nitrogen.



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Important Setup Notes:

  1. This demonstration requires a minimum 24 hour notice.

  2. This demonstration requires LN2


My favorite Recipe, Makes about 1/2 gallon of Ice Cream Base: (~$8.40/batch)

  1. 4 cups heavy cream or 1qt - ~$5.50
  2. 1 ½ cups half and half or 1/2qt - $1.90
  3. 1 3/4 cups sugar - (~$3.20/4lbs)
  4. 3tsp Vanilla, 1/4 cup Chocolate syrup, or 1/4 cup Strawberry syrup.

Keep mixture cold! You'll use less liquid nitrogen. Make sure the sugar is well dissolved when mixing the base. Pour part of the cream base into a large stainless bowl. Add liquid nitrogen slowly and stir vigorously. The bowl will get very cold. Gloves maybe needed to hold the bowl. Slowly add the liquid nitrogen into the base. The cream will thicken quickly when adding the liquid nitrogen, so go slow and not all at once. Continue to stir in liquid nitrogen until mixture becomes ice cream. The liquid nitrogen will evaporate in a fog as the ice cream is being chilled.

Use ice cream cones, bowls, or cups (with spoons) for serving.

This recipe does not keep well, and is best consumed immediately. If it begins to melt before everyone is served, simply add more liquid Nitrogen and stir.

Cautions, Warnings, or Safety Concerns:

  1. LN2 can cause burns, handle with care.


This is a favorite demo for small groups (20 or so), I'm sure it could be scaled up for large classes. It makes great ice cream for two main reasons. First, the mix freezes very quickly, thus small crystals are forming which give the ice cream a very creamy texture. Second, The evaporating of the Liquid N2 aerates (nitrogenates?) the mixture so it doesn't end up as a frozen lump.

This demo ties in nicely with phase changes.

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